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What i really want to know is do other sufferers as well as myself get "attacks" like me, which typically last anything from 20 mins to a few hours, then return to normal. Thing is, this DP is NOT with me all the time and when "episodes" happen i cant predict them nor pin point what triggered them. Sometimes ive noticed its thinking about being in unfamiliar situations or places, for example, im going travelling to the States next April and have been stressing over "will i loose my mind with DP when im there and vanish within myself so ill be unable to get help or contact anyone and then something bad WILL happen to me beacuse i lost my mind with DP" Ive had more attacks the past 3 weeks (like everyday) than i have in a year. Im thinking that i may be allowing myself to get into that repeated thinking pattern of over analysing how i feel again. How do i break this cycle before it really get hold of me. Please help, not seeing psychotherapist for another 2 damn weeks :(
 

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Go make an appointment with a psychiatrist and ask for something to use when you get an attack. I had an attack last Wednesday night and had to take .5 mg Ativan twice a day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I woke up Sunday perfectly free of any anxiety.

You want to have something to tide you over until it passes. You cannot control this consciously. Whether it is biological or psychological doesn't matter; you need a way to get through it.

For me, truly severe and acute panic is handled well enough by .5 mg of Ativan. Truly severe and acute.

That I am totally "normal" today is just amazing to me. This was the first full-fledged panic attack I have had since May 21.

I am now in the position of accepting the fact that I probably have a tendency to panic and may have these attacks three times a year. If that's all it is, I might stick with the Ativan for the times I'm stricken. If they come any more frequently, I will be going back on antidepressants, which totally prevent them but last time caused me severe depression.

It's like cooking; gotta find the right recipe....

Go to a competent psychopharmacologist and tell your story. You should be helped.
 

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The fact that your symptoms come and go should be great inspiration for recovery rather than a source of anxiety.Remind yorself that you feel normal 95% of the time or whatever % you deem to be appropriate.Remind yourself of this when you feel low,rather than torture yourself with hypothetical scenarios of permanent dp.Then go down the road of treatment.Good luck.
 
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